Over-the-counter acne treatments that work
How to get rid of your acne effectively
Over-the-counter acne treatments as well as traditional prescription medications have proven to be effective in reducing and eliminating acne. There are however many non-traditional approaches to treat acne such as herbal medicines, acupuncture, mind/body medicine, homoeopathic medicine, Ayurveda (ayurvedic medicine) and Kampo medicine as well as dietary and nutritional considerations.
Some herbs have anti-inflammatory properties thus making them helpful in the treatment of acnes and other skin conditions. Some of these herbs are calendula, German chamomile, witch hazel, licorice root, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, and tea tree oil. The herbs that have anti-inflammatory properties help in the treatment of acne by reducing the amount of the P.acnes bacteria produced by the body as reaction to clogged skin pores. Tea tree oil can also reduce P. acnes bacteria as benzoyl peroxide does and it is said that tea tree oil causes less stinging, itchiness and dry skin than benzoyl peroxide may cause thus fewer side effects.
There is no scientific evaluation yet on the use of acupuncture in the treatment of acne; nonetheless, there have been reports that symptoms of acne have reduced after two acupuncture procedures: auricular acupuncture and electro-acupuncture. Auricular acupuncture is an acupuncture using only points found on the ears while electro-acupuncture is an acupuncture wherein acupuncture needles charged with electrical currents are inserted into specific meridian points.
Mind and body medicine
Mind-body medicine is a holistic approach to treating acne problem through hypnotherapy, cognitive imagery and biofeedback.
Biofeedback and cognitive imagery
Both biofeedback and cognitive imagery (also called guided energy) are relaxation therapies. Emotional stress can aggravate acne thus these relaxation techniques are pretty much useful in treating them. The use of mental pictures in relaxing and calling to mind helpful physical and emotional condition is involved in cognitive imagery while biofeedback techniques guide the individual to manage and control some internal processes such as muscle tension and heart rate. When a person who has mastered the techniques uses both biofeedback and cognitive imagery, severity of acne breakouts may lessen.
Hypnosis also involves relaxing the patient; pretty much similar to biofeedback and cognitive imagery methods. The difference, however, a professional practitioner is the one controlling the process in the case of hypnosis.
Professional homeopaths evaluate the individual’s physical, intellectual and emotional makeup before prescribing a treatment. Homeopaths have found that there are homeopathic treatments that effectively help reduce certain symptoms of acne.
Belladonna, also called deadly nightshade contains various anticholinergic alkaloids which are used medically, is effective in the treatment of pus-filled acne blemishes.
Calendula, also called garden marigold or pot marigold, is used to treat pus-filled blemishes or blisters.
Hepar sulphur is useful in treating painful pus-filled blemishes.
Kali bromatum is used for deep acne blemishes especially those located on the forehead.
Silicea is used for deep acne blemishes that are filled with pus.
Ayurveda (ayurvedic medicine)
Ayurveda, originated in India, is a holistic approach of treatment. This approach focuses chiefly on diet and lifestyle. Each person, as we all know, is unique and an Ayurveda practnioner observes the individual before giving treatment. Treatment and knowledge applied is based on ancient texts that document Tridoshas or ‘energetic forces’ that influence everything; including humans. Ayurvedic medicines are herbal. Sunder Vati is an herbal remedy (consists of Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Holarrhena antidysenterica and Embelia ribes) that has proven to be effective for acne.
Kampo is a Japanese version of the traditional ancient Chinese medicine. Keigai-rengyo-to (TJ-50), a Kampo treatment for acne, has proven to be effective. This treatment has seventeen herbs that have combined both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Skullcap root, Licorice root, Angelica root, Peony root, mint and mint are some of the herbs used.
Nutrition and dietary supplements
Diet has no effect on acne, whether causing or treating it; nonetheless, diet affects one’s body. The health of your body depends on the food that you eat. Certain food may also affect an individual in a certain way. As reported by people suffering from acne; nuts, for instance, make their acne worse.
One should pay attention to the foods taken and the effects the foods have affected the body.